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Pre-K Grab n’ Go Craft

Stop by the Maumelle Library to pick up a fun pre-k grab n’ go craft!

Available while supplies last.

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Girls Who Code Registration Period

Parents, please email lsheard@cals.org to receive the registration link to sign up.

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Trunk or Treat Registration

Register for our annual Trunk or Treat event. You can register for the following categories at the link below:

  1. Participate as a candy station
  2. Donate Candy
  3. Volunteer at the game stations
  4. Volunteer to keep crowd organized and ensure social distancing
  5. Participate in the car decoration contest

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Grab & Go Activities at Thompson

Grab & Go activities with book suggestions. Recommended for ages 6-12.

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Grab N’ Go Activity Bags

STEM/STEAM based activity bags for preschoolers, school age, and teenagers.

Available at the Front Desk and for Curbside Pick Up.

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Binge Boxes

Quick stop shopping? We’ve taken care of all the guesswork and boxed together genres of DVDs for you to check out. We have boxed together: Romances, Westerns, Horror, and Sci-Fi genres, to name a few.

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Dungeons & Dragons Encounter Bags

D&D Encounter Bags come with almost everything you need to run an encounter. Includes customizable premade characters, figures, dice, maps, monster stat sheets, and it’s all made from paper! Included are links to download the basic rules online but you can also check out the Player’s Handbook and Dungeon Master’s Guide from the library.  These bags are available while supplies last.

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Grab and Go Crafts

Kids:

October 4–9 Make your own monster kit.

October 11-16 DIY spoooky (not scary) bookmark.

October 18-23 Yarn wrap a mummy

October 25-30 Trick or treat? Pick up a bag and see!

Teens:

October 9- Paint your own Dia de los Muertos Calaveras. Supplies included.

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Small Business Saturdays

Each Week we will feature a local food truck and a retail vendor.

 

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Job Assistance

Looking for a new job can be overwhelming, but we’re here to help!

Come by the 2nd Floor of Main Library for one-on-one assistance:

  • Setting up a professional e-mail
  • Creating a resume
  • Writing a cover letter
  • Searching for and completing job applications
  • Preparing for an interview

Every Monday, Thursday, and Friday from 3-5

For more information contact Bekah at rasmith@cals.org.

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Be Mighty Meal Service

Free meals for youth 18 and younger.

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Food for Good

Free shelf stable meals available for children 1-18 years.

Available at the front desk:

Monday-Friday 4:00 p.m.-5:30 p.m.

Saturday 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

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Food for Good Supper

An afterschool meal for kids

Served at the Front Desk

For ages 18 years and younger

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Food for Good

Free afterschool meal for ages 1-18 on days that the library system is open.

M-F (4 p.m.-5:30 p.m.)

Sat (11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.)

 

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Girls Who Code Club Meetings

Contact lsheard@cals.org for more information.

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Print and Stitch: Collective Works

ON VIEW Friday, October 8, 2021–Saturday, January 29, 2022
Loft Gallery, Galleries & Bookstore at Library Square

This exhibition featuring artists Mallory Darwin, Nancy Dunaway, Melissa Gill, Judy Henderson, Tanya Hollifield, and Ellen Ishee O’Lonney showcases works created in the “Printing and Stitching” class offered by Gill at the Arkansas Museum of Fine Arts. With an emphasis on complete creative freedom and experimentation, the class explored different ways of combining printmaking and textile techniques such as relief printing,

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CALS Writing Circle: Memoir Critique Workshop

After you’ve written the first draft, what then? A good workshop group can help you figure out what about your draft needs improving, and the process of critiquing other writers helps you become a better writer yourself. Share your memoir-in-progress with other writers twice a month to give and receive encouragement, insight, and feedback in a safe and respectful environment. Free.

This is a virtual event. Contact dmoore@cals.org for more information.

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From the Vault: Photography from the CALS Permanent Collection

ON VIEW Friday, September 10 to Saturday, November 27, 2021
Underground Gallery, Galleries & Bookstore at Library Square

The Central Arkansas Library System (CALS) houses more than just books. The library’s art program also actively collects and exhibits works by artists working and living in Arkansas. This eclectic exhibition features historical and contemporary photography that shows the diversity of art being created in Arkansas.

The CALS permanent collection holds more than 1,000 works of art and incorporates a wide range of media,

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The Friends of Fourche Creek

The Friends of Fourche Creek is a volunteer coalition of partners dedicated to the restoration, protection, and enhancement of the Fourche Creek ecosystem and to creating and sustaining a first-class urban greenspace for those who live, work, and play in the watershed.

Fourche Creek is Little Rock’s main waterway. The creek, watershed, and wetlands provide valuable ecological services for the city. Yet being an urban waterway, it also polluted. The vision of the Friends of Fourche Creek is a flourishing Fourche Creek Preserve and Water Trail where Little Rock residents and visitors can canoe and kayak past ancient cypress trees, fish, hike, watch wildlife, geocache, learn about nature, and escape urban life, all within the heart of the city. Through partnerships we are working to restore and revitalize Fourche Creek for the benefit of the environment and a wide variety of public uses.

Dr. Dan Scheiman is Plants for Birds Program Manager for Audubon Delta, a regional office of the National Audubon Society, based at the Little Rock Audubon Center. Dan has a B.S. from Cornell University, M.S. from Eastern Illinois University, and Ph.D. from Purdue University. He and his coworkers advocate for birds, restore wildlife habitat, and help Arkansans improve their local environments.  He has been birding for over 25 years. Since moving to Arkansas in 2005 to work for Audubon he has seen 365 of the 422 bird species documented in the state.

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The Friends of Fourche Creek

Fourche Creek is Little Rock’s main waterway. The creek, watershed, and wetlands provide valuable ecological services for the city. Yet being an urban waterway, it also polluted. The vision of the Friends of Fourche Creek is a flourishing Fourche Creek Preserve and Water Trail where Little Rock residents and visitors can canoe and kayak past ancient cypress trees, fish, hike, watch wildlife, geocache, learn about nature, and escape urban life, all within the heart of the city. Through partnerships we are working to restore and revitalize Fourche Creek for the benefit of the environment and a wide variety of public uses.

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The Experience of Owning a Business with Angie Cella

In this program, the creator of “Blinger” will be sharing her experiences with creating a product and starting her own business.

Speaker: Angie Cella

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Self-made millionaire and single Mom of four, Angie Cella is an inventor and entrepreneur with a big story to tell. In 2014 she had a dream about a product, she eventually named Blinger, which places pearls and crystals in the hair.

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Teen Time

Stop by the library after school and have book chats, create crafts, make slime, play video games, and nerd out. For ages 11-18.

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CALS Writing Circle: Memoir Writing for Seniors–How to Write Your Story

Presented by CALS Writing Circle, this ongoing class meets once each week and takes attendees aged 55+ through the steps of writing their own life stories. You’ll be given tools and techniques to help you learn to write regularly and productively. Everyone is welcome; no writing experience is required. Free.

This is a virtual event. Contact dmoore@cals.org for more information.

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Story Walk: We’re Going on a Pumpkin Hunt

Walk and read We’re going on a Pumpkin Hunt by Goldie Hawk.

Craft bags matching the story are available at the Front Desk or for Curbside Pick Up.

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Virtual Homeschool Storytime

Join Ms. Kathy from the Maumelle Library for a homeschool storytime all about nocturnal animals.

Facebook:@cals.maumellelibrary

 

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Teen Trivia

Answer questions to win prizes.

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Bartz and Lozada-Oliva

Journalist and author Andrea Bartz has written for Marie Claire, Vogue, Cosmopolitan, and more and has held editorial positions at magazines such as Glamour and Psychology Today. In the thriller We Were Never Here, two globe-trotting best friends kill a backpacker in self-defense during a trip through Chile – and it’s not the first time their travels have ended in bloodshed.

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Typing Club

Learn the basics of keyboard typing and practice your skills with fun games and lessons from Typing Club.

During class you will:

  • Set up a free account with Typing Club.
  • Complete typing practice lessons to learn the basics
  • Play interactive typing games to work on speed and accuracy.

Headphones required.

Join us in Computer Classroom A on the 3rd Floor of Main Library.

Space is limited,

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Greenidge and Smith

Kaitlyn Greenidge’s debut novel was the acclaimed We Love You, Charlie Freeman. Greenidge is the features director at Harper’s Bazaar and a contributing writer for the New York Times, and her writing has also appeared in Vogue, Glamour, the Wall Street Journal, and elsewhere. Libertie, Greenidge’s second novel, is inspired by the life of one of the first Black female doctors in the United States.

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Crafting with Opal

This is a craft along program. In this program we teach different crafts which could include sewing, crocheting, knitting, painting & others.

This is a virtual program that the Nixon library does live on Facebook every Thursday (excluding holidays). Just click here to go to our Nixon Facebook page to watch.

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Mary Roach

Mary Roach, who has authored five best-selling works of nonfiction, as well as numerous essays for National Geographic and other publications, offers her latest exploration of how humans interact with the natural world: Fuzz: When Nature Breaks the Law. Roach tags along with animal attack forensics investigators, human-elephant conflict specialists, bear managers, and more, revealing as much about humanity as about nature’s lawbreakers.

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Helen Oyeyemi

Helen Oyeyemi is the author of the story collection What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours, winner of the PEN Open Book Award, along with seven novels, including Gingerbread and Boy, Snow, Bird. In Peaces, when Otto and Xavier Shin declare their love, an aunt gifts them a trip on a sleeper train to mark their new commitment – and to get them out of her house.

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Arkansas Ghost Stories

Ms. Linda tell stories of ghosts in the natural state.

Check it out on the CALS Teens YouTube channel and Instagram!

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Candlelight Friday Flow

Chill out and unwind from the week with yoga! This Candlelight flow will guide you through a moderately paced, beginner friendly sequence aimed at improving strength and flexibility while decreasing stress and “mind clutter” from the week. Sessions will be held at Hillcrest Hall at 1501 Kavanaugh Boulevard every Friday at 5:30 p.m this fall and winter except November 26 and December 24 and 31. This is a free community class; donations are kindly accepted and will go to the CALS Foundation.

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Jake Owensby

Jake Owensby is the bishop of the Episcopal Church in Western Louisiana. His fifth book about the spirituality of everyday life, Looking for God in Messy Places: A Book About Hope, shows how love gives us an inextinguishable hope despite the worry, busyness, and setbacks we all experience in the messiness of life.

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Garcia and Johnson

Suzi F. Garcia, an executive editor at Noemi Press, is online editor for the Michigan Quarterly Review and a guest editor for POETRY. Garcia is a Macondista (an alum of the Macondo Writers’ Workshop) and a former board member for the Latinx Caucus. The poems in her chapbook A Homegrown Fairytale engage with The Wizard of Oz, offering a reimagining of coming home after being in a magical land as well as exploring ideas of sexuality,

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Book of the Week

Short Video of Teen Book Recommendations.

 

Video will be posted to:

https://www.facebook.com/cals.williams

https://www.youtube.com/user/CentArkLibSys

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Cardio Drum Wake Up

Kick off the morning and get those juices flowing as CALS’s own Abby Kerby leads you through a fun workout routine to a pop-hits beat. 

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Storytime with Craig O’Neill

The always energetic and amusing Arkansas celebrity reads from one of his favorite classics, The Billy Goats Gruff.

This event will take place on the Zoom platform. Free registration is required. Registrants will be e-mailed an event link on October 15.

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Edwards, Scott, and Weaver

The husband-and-wife team of documentarian Amber Edwards and author Justin Scott collaborated for the first time to write the suspense/adventure novel Forty Days and Forty Nights, inspired by Edwards’s unfinished documentary about an extraordinary Arkansas cousin. When the Mississippi River floods, Army Corps of Engineers officer Clementine Price works to protect the people and homeland she loves while a richly funded domestic terrorist weaponizes the looming natural disaster. Rhona Weaver,

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Make a Bookmark

Want to be the hero of your own story?  Join the Junior League as they help you make a personalized bookmark of your own.

This event will take place on the Zoom platform. Free registration is required. Registrants will be e-mailed an event link on October 15.

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Food for Good Lunch

A midday meal for kids

Served at the Front Desk

For ages 18 years and younger

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Vashti Harrison

New York Times #1 bestselling author/illustrator/artist/filmmaker Vashti Harrison produced stunning illustrations for Hello, Star by Stephanie V. W. Lucianovic, an inspiring story about a love of science and the importance of empathy.

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Brown, Cavia, Kaczynski, and Melo

The graphic novel Ballad for Sophie is a sweeping tale that spans the twentieth century, packed with all the drama of a rock & roll biopic and more twists than a night at the opera. The new, expanded edition of Beta Testing the Ongoing Apocalypse—whose graphic short stories trace a complex space-time trajectory from the smallest corporate cubicle out to farthest fathoms of the multiverse—resonates more than ever with our contemporary times.

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Lisa Wells

Lisa Wells is a nonfiction writer and poet from Portland, Oregon. Her debut collection of poetry, The Fix, won the Iowa Poetry Prize. Her essays and poems have appeared in the New York Times, Harper’s, Granta, The Believer, n+1, and other publications. Believers introduces trailblazers and outliers from across the globe who have found radically new ways to live and reconnect to the Earth in the face of climate change.

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Junior Cooking

Fuel your imagination with a yummy snack while you read. The Junior League crew helps kids learn to cook with this easy and accessible recipe using very common ingredients.  For beginners and aspiring chefs, too.

This event will take place on the Zoom platform. Free registration is required. Registrants will be e-mailed an event link on October 15.

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CALS Roberts Library Research Room Bonus Saturday (October 23)

Join us Saturday, October 23 in the 2nd Floor Research Room (Roberts Library) for Bonus Saturday. We will be open from noon to 4pm and staff will be ready assist you with your genealogy questions and queries. Located at 401 President Clinton Ave., the Bobby L. Roberts Library of Arkansas History & Art is a branch of the Central Arkansas Library System and promotes Arkansas history and culture. Our 2nd floor Research Room offers non-circulating reference books and research databases to help patrons with their genealogy and family history research.
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Crystal Mercer

Crystal C. Mercer is a celebrated Black artist, activist, and poet who utilizes her media to communicate ancestral messages and social justice narratives. In the children’s book From Cotton to Silk: The Magic of Black Hair, quilting is the central medium to reveal a family story that denotes cultural beauty and heritage. The book’s wonderful artwork was woven by hand.

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Planting with Patrice

CALS Teaching Garden coordinator Patrice O’Donoghue helps kids explore the joy of gardening from the Children’s Library’s cool greenhouse and garden.

This event will take place on the Zoom platform. Free registration is required. Registrants will be e-mailed an event link on October 15.

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Brockmeier and Groff

Lauren Groff is a two-time National Book Award finalist and a New York Times bestselling novelist. Groff’s work regularly appears in the New Yorker, the Atlantic, and elsewhere, and she was named one of Granta’s 2017 Best Young American Novelists. In Matrix, seventeen-year-old Marie de France is cast out of the royal court by Eleanor of Aquitaine, deemed too coarse for marriage or courtly life.

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Sharon Flake

Sharon G. Flake, author of the groundbreaking novel The Skin I’m In, has authored over a dozen books, winning multiple Coretta Scott King Honor Awards, ALA Notable and Top Ten Recommended Books citations, and an NAACP Image Award Nomination. In The Life I’m In, Charlese Jones, who is turned out of the only home she has known, must find her way back to the light after she is lured into the dangerous web of human trafficking.

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Crafts for Adults: Decoupage Floral Pumpkins

Glam up a plain pumpkin with a little paint and some decoupaged flower prints!  Ages 18+.  Event takes place on our patio.  Social distancing and masks required.  Registration is required.  Register at the Maumelle Library front desk or by calling 501-851-2551.

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Guillory and Sweeney

Jasmine Guillory is the New York Times bestselling author of six romance novels, including The Wedding Date and The Proposal. Her work has appeared in O, The Oprah Magazine; Cosmopolitan; Bon Appétit; and Time. In the sizzling romantic comedy While We Were Dating, an ad campaign pro and the movie star he is promoting realize that it’s no longer an act when they veer off-script into romance.

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Rostad and Thompson

Author Dianna Rostad, who was raised in the Pacific Northwest but whose extended family hail from the ranches of Montana and farms of Arkansas, revels in the discovery and research of people and places where her novels take place. You Belong Here Now, set in Montana, illuminates the 1920s in vivid detail, with colorful anecdotes, legends, and songs of the orphan trains. Sidney Thompson holds an MFA in creative writing from the University of Arkansas and a PhD in African-American narratives from the University of North Texas.

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Ferrell and Oyler

Carolyn Ferrell is an award-winning author who teaches writing at Sarah Lawrence College and lives in New York. In the fictional Dear Miss Metropolitan, Boss Man is a monster who abducts three high school students, Fern, Gwin, and Jesenia, and holds them captive in a dilapidated house on Amity Lane in Queens. Lauren Oyler‘s essays and criticism appear regularly in the New Yorker, the New York Times,

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Lower and Petropoulos

Wendy Lower, the John K. Roth Professor of History and George R. Roberts Fellow at Claremont McKenna College, chairs the Academic Committee of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Her book Hitler’s Furies: German Women in the Nazi Killing Fields was a finalist for the National Book Award. A photograph brought to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum launched Lower’s work on The Ravine: A Family, A Photograph, A Holocaust Massacre Revealed in 2009.

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Karla Cornejo Villavicencio

Karla Cornejo Villavicencio, educated at Harvard and Yale, writes about immigration, music, beauty, and mental illness. Part memoir, part journalism, part testimonio, The Undocumented Americans looks well beyond the flashpoints of the border or the activism of the Dreamers to allow the individuals profiled to be seen more fully as vibrant, complex, and dignified human beings. In her relentlessly probing voice, the author combines sensitive reporting with her own experiences as an undocumented writer.

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Pub or Perish

Come to Stickyz Rock ‘N’ Roll Chicken Shack to hear locals, including Mara Leveritt, All Quiet at Mena, comedian Nate Williams, and more in this in-person, socially distanced event. Limited open mic slots available beginning Saturday, Oct. 23, at 6:30 p.m. Please contact phyllisbritton@arktimes.com for more information. RSVP is required.

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Charles Yu

Charles Yu is the author four novels, including Interior Chinatown, which won the 2020 National Book Award for fiction. The book is a satirical novel about race, pop culture, immigration, assimilation, and escaping the roles we are forced to play. Author Emily St. John Mandel calls it “…wrenching, hilarious, sharp, surreal, and above all, original.”

His novel How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe was a New York Times Notable Book and a Time magazine best book of the year.

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Katherine Angel

Katherine Angel directs the MA in Creative and Critical Writing program at Birkbeck, University of London, and has a PhD from the University of Cambridge. Her elegant, searching book Tomorrow Sex Will Be Good Again spans science and popular culture, pornography and literature, debates on #MeToo, and consent and feminism, challenging our assumptions about female desire.

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Benedict and Murray

Lawyer Marie Benedict is the bestselling author of The Only Woman in the Room, Lady Clementine, and other novels. Victoria Christopher Murray is an acclaimed author who has written more than twenty novels. The Personal Librarian is a remarkable historical novel about a Black American woman who hid her true identity to become J. P. Morgan’s librarian.

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Ethan Nichtern

Ethan Nichtern is an author, educator, and podcaster who founded the Interdependence Project, a nonprofit organization dedicated to secular Buddhist practice and transformational activism and arts. He is also an avid yoga practitioner and has been featured on CNN, NPR, ABC/Yahoo News, and elsewhere to discuss Buddhism and meditation. Humorous yet spiritually rigorous in the tradition of Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance and The Tao of Pooh, The Dharma of “The Princess Bride” teaches us how to understand and navigate our most important personal relationships from a twenty-first-century Buddhist perspective.

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Classic in Context Film: The Princess Bride

“A high-spirited adventure that pits true love against inconceivable odds, The Princess Bride has charmed legions of fans with its irreverent gags, eccentric ensemble, and dazzling swordplay … Directed by Rob Reiner from an endlessly quotable script by William Goldman, The Princess Bride reigns as a fairy-tale classic.”

This event will take place on the Zoom platform. Free registration is required. Registrants will be e-mailed an event link on October 15.

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Kyle Beachy

Author and educator Kyle Beachy’s short fiction and writing on skateboarding has appeared in many magazines, and his first novel, The Slide, won the Chicago Reader‘s Best Book reader’s choice award. The Most Fun Thing, his memoir in essays, explores the hidden meaning of skateboarding, leading to insights on marriage, love, loss, and American invention.

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Mikva, Rehman, and Ruby

Rabbi Rachel Mikva is a professor of Jewish studies at Chicago Theological Seminary and senior faculty fellow of its InterReligious Institute. Dangerous Religious Ideas: The Deep Roots of Self-Critical Faith in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam argues that all religious ideas are dangerous, even those that stand at the heart of faith. Sabeeha Rehman is the author of the award-winning memoir Threading My Prayer Rug. Journalist Walter Ruby is an activist in Muslim-Jewish relations who has organized hundreds of twinning events bringing together thousands of Jews and Muslims in countries around the world.

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Homeschool Grab n’ Go Craft

Stop by the Maumelle Library to pick up a grab n’ go bag with all the supplies you need for a fun craft!

Available while supplies last.

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Harris and Nkweti

Zakiya Dalila Harris, who received an MFA in creative writing from The New School, worked in editorial at Knopf/Doubleday before leaving to write her debut novel. In The Other Black Girl, a whip-smart and dynamic thriller coupled with sly social commentary, two young Black women navigate working together in the stark white world of New York City book publishing. Nana Nkweti is a Cameroonian-American writer, AKO Caine Prize finalist, and graduate of the Iowa Writers’

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Meditation at Main Online

Cory Jones of Compassion Works for All leads us in a guided meditation that’s like an oasis in the middle of your day! Join us from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM on Monday September 27 via Zoom. All are welcome- and we hope you will choose to join us! CALS Adult Programs is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting. Topic: Meditation at Main Online
Time: Oct 25, 2021 12:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada) Join Zoom Meeting
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Halloween Crafts

Grab & Go Halloween craft kits for kids.

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Herman Pontzer

Herman Pontzer, professor at Duke University, investigates how our evolutionary past shapes our lives today, conducting the first measurements of daily energy expenditure in hunter-gatherers and in non-human apes. Burn examines groundbreaking work with hunter-gatherers, with our great ape cousins, and with populations around the globe to explore the way our bodies use energy.

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Blay and Perkins

Zeba Blay is a film and culture critic who explores pop culture at the intersection of race, gender, and identity. Born in Accra, Ghana, she lives in the New York City area. This collection of essays, Carefree Black Girls, delves into the work and lasting achievements of influential Black women in American culture – writers, artists, actresses, dancers, hip-hop stars – whose contributions often come in the face of bigotry, misogyny, and stereotypes. Nichole Perkins is a writer and podcast host from Nashville,

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What’s New in 14-Day

Ms. Felicia reviews new 14-Day books, available at Williams Library.

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Christoph Keller

Rev. Christoph Keller III, a graduate of Little Rock Central High School, went on to serve as dean and rector of Little Rock’s Trinity Episcopal Cathedral. Getting On Toward Home: And Other Sermons by the River offers twelve homilies that provide insights on grief, faith, and hope in face of death.

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Teen Craft

Take & Make or Grab & Go Craft kits.

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Short Form: a virtual short story discussion group

Join our group for a monthly discussion of two short stories on zoom. All meetings take place on the last Tuesday of the month at 6:30 PM CST. Our August readings are Welcome to Your Authentic Indian Experience ™ by Rebecca Roanhorse and Cuisine des Memoires by N.K. Jemisin. In Welcome to Your Authentic Indian Experience ™ a tour guide leads virtual reality “experiences” for tourists who want to know what it's like to be Native American. Think Black Mirror meets Westworld. Cuisine des Memoires is a magic cooking story. A New Orleans restaurant offers meals from any point in history, as long as you know the exact date, time, and place. Register on zoom is required. Your confirmation email will contain links to the stories.
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Jobb and Thompson

Award-winning author and journalist Dean Jobb, who is a professor at the University of King’s College in Halifax, Nova Scotia, delivers the Victorian true-crime tale The Case of the Murderous Dr. Cream: The Hunt for a Victorian Era Serial Killer, revealing the blind trust given to medical practitioners at the time, as well as the flawed detection methods, bungled investigations, corrupt officials, and stifling morality that allowed the serial killer Dr. Cream to prey on vulnerable and desperate women.

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Davidson and Simard

California native Ash Davidson attended the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and now lives in Flagstaff, Arizona. Davidson’s debut novel Damnation Spring is the story of Rich Gundersen, a logger obsessed with a redwood tree. He mortgages everything to buy a parcel of giant trees he aims to harvest, but his wife begins to suspect that herbicides the logging company uses may be behind a troubling pattern of birth defects and miscarriages in the community. Suzanne Simard,

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Adult Grab & Go Craft Bags

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Virtual Storytime with Ms. Linda: Alphabet Hunt Part Four

Ms. Linda continues the alphabet hunt.

This week we’re looking for the letter P, Q, R, S, & T.

Check it out on the CALS Kids YouTube channel!

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Coming to America Book Club

Join us on the 4th Wednesday of each month via Zoom for a book discussion on the experience of Coming to America. October book title will be AMERICA FOR BEGINNERS by Leah Franqui. CALS Youth Programs is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting. Topic: Coming to America Book Club
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Ross King

Ross King is the award-winning author of books on Italian and French art. The Bookseller of Florence: The Story of the Manuscripts That Illuminated the Renaissance profiles Vespasiano da Bisticci, a manuscript dealer in fifteenth-century Florence who had become Europe’s most prolific merchant of knowledge when a new invention appeared: the printed book.

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Adrian Miller

Adrian Miller is a food writer, James Beard Award winner, attorney, and certified barbecue judge who lives in Denver, Colorado. He is the executive director of the Colorado Council of Churches. Black Smoke: African Americans and the United States of Barbecue, which features 22 recipes, chronicles how Black barbecuers, pitmasters, and restauranteurs helped develop this cornerstone of American foodways and how they are coming into their own today.

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Leana Wen

Dr. Leana Wen is an emergency physician, public health professor at George Washington University, contributing columnist for the Washington Post, and CNN medical analyst who was Baltimore’s health commissioner. In Lifelines: A Doctor’s Journey in the Fight for Public Health, Wen lays bare the lifesaving work of public health and its innovative approach to social ills, treating gun violence as a contagious disease, for example, and racism as a threat to health.

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Ted Widmer

Ted Widmer was a speechwriter and senior adviser in the Clinton White House and has written extensively on American history since then. He is a frequent contributor to the New York Times and is Distinguished Lecturer at Macaulay Honors College of the City University of New York. Lincoln on the Verge: Thirteen Days to Washington tells the dramatic story of America’s greatest president discovering his own strength to save the Republic, charting the pivotal thirteen days of travel to Washington for his inauguration,

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Korelitz and McMahon

Jean Hanff Korelitz is the author of several acclaimed novels that have been made into films, as well as The Devil and Webster, The White Rose, The Sabbath Day River, A Jury of Her Peers, and children’s novel Interference Powder. Her company BOOKTHEWRITER hosts pop-up book groups. She lives in New York City with her husband, Irish poet Paul Muldoon. The Plot,

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T.J. Klune

TJ Klune is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling, Lambda Literary Award–winning author of The House in the Cerulean Sea, The Extraordinaries, and more. Under the Whispering Door is a standalone adult novel and delightful queer love story that is filled with comedy, grief, and healing.

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Jacob Appel

Jacob M. Appel, associate professor of psychiatry and medical education at Mount Sinai’s Icahn School of Medicine in New York City and director of ethics education in psychiatry, has written several novels as well as various collections, including a compendium of medical dilemmas, Who Says You’re Dead?

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Sandra Cisneros

Sandra Cisneros is a dual citizen of the United States and Mexico and makes her living by her pen. Internationally acclaimed for her poetry and fiction, she is the recipient of numerous awards. In Martita, I Remember You / Martita, te recuerdo, a young woman leaves her Mexican family in Chicago to pursue her dream of becoming a writer in the cafés of Paris. Instead, Corina spends her brief time in the City of Light running out of money and lining up with other immigrants to call home –

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Ogle and Witsell

Jennifer Ogle, the collections manager at the University of Arkansas Herbarium, has worked as a contract botanist and consultant and volunteers her time with organizations focused on urban land conservation and the protection of native plants. Trees, Shrubs, and Woody Vines of Arkansas, a field guide designed for outdoor use co-authored by Ogle, is an encyclopedic resource for identification and appreciation that will appeal to educators, scientists, conservation professionals, and outdoor enthusiasts. Theo Witsell is the ecologist and chief of research for the Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission.

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Abby Turner Workshop

Join Abby Turner, author of The Living Table, as she invites you to her table, giving tips and tricks for hosting your friends and family this holiday season while showcasing three easy apps in 30 minutes. She will demonstrate pear, prosciutto, and honey bites; a Boursin asparagus tartlet; and pomegranate and horseradish flatbread with an apple cider spritzer. Scrumptious!

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Bennett, Carman, Chandler, and Worthen

Arkansas Made is the culmination of Historic Arkansas Museum’s exhaustive investigations into the history of the state’s material culture. Decades of meticulous research have resulted in this exciting two-volume survey of cabinetmakers, silversmiths, potters, fine artists, quilters, and other artisans working in communities all over the state. These new editions bring the work of Arkansas’s earliest artists and artisans forward to 1950. This project was a product of the efforts of former HAM director and curator Swannee Bennett,

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CALS Writing Circle: NaNoWriMo Kick-off Party

Every November, thousands of writers around the world participate in National Novel Writing Month. Join us as we kick off this year’s NaNoWriMo with writing games and much boisterousness! Feel free to bring your lunch. Curious about NaNoWriMo? Contact jjobe@cals.org for more details.

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Barnes, Jones, and Lancaster

Kenneth Barnes, a retired professor of history at the University of Central Arkansas, explores how the KKK established a significant foothold in the state and created a seat of power in Little Rock in The Ku Klux Klan in 1920s Arkansas: How Protestant White Nationalism Came to Rule a State. Kelly Houston Jones, assistant professor of history at Arkansas Tech University, has written the first book-length study of Arkansas slavery in more than sixty years.

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Marks and Turner Baking

Self-taught cake decorator turned pastry chef Kelli Marks has had desserts featured in numerous local, national, and global publications. Easy One-Bowl Baking: No-Fuss Recipes for Sweet and Savory Baked Goods shows how impressive and fun treats can be made mess-free and in one bowl. Abby Turner is a food blogger, speaker, and writer who encourages people to challenge the cultural stereotypes surrounding singleness and loneliness and argues that community should be intentionally developed and protected through all seasons of life.

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Jacqueline Woodson

Jacqueline Woodson is the author of more than two dozen award-winning books for young adults, middle graders, and children; among her many accolades, she is a four-time Newbery Honor winner, a three-time National Book Award finalist, and a two-time Coretta Scott King Award winner. She was named Young People’s Poet Laureate by the Poetry Foundation in 2015 and was also named the 2018 Ambassador for Young People’s Literature by the Library of Congress. Her two most recent books are Red at the Bone,

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Ayana Gray and Kate Milford

Ayana Gray is an author of speculative works and a lover of all things monsters, mythos, and #MelaninMagic. In this much-anticipated series opener, Beasts of Prey, two Black teenagers strike a dangerous alliance to hunt down the creature menacing their home – and uncover ancient deadly secrets. Kate Milford is the Edgar Award–winning, New York Times bestselling author of the Greenglass House books, as well as the forthcoming Rialto and Seacritters!

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Bowers and Montague

Paige Bowers has had writing featured in TIME, USA Today, the New York Times, and more, and authored The General’s Niece: The Little-Known de Gaulle Who Fought to Free Occupied France. Overnight Code: The Life of Raye Montague, The Woman Who Revolutionized Naval Engineering was co-written with “Hidden Figure” Raye Montague’s son, David, whose trailblazing mother engineered her way out of the Jim Crow South.

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Nate Powell

Arkansas native Nate Powell is the first cartoonist ever to win the National Book Award. His work includes civil rights icon John Lewis’s historic March trilogy, Come Again, and Two Dead. He lives in Bloomington, Indiana. Save It For Later: Promises, Parenthood, and the Urgency of Protest, a memoir/essay hybrid, documents Powell’s experience as a parent helping his children process an ongoing struggle for the survival of democracy.

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Margaret Renkl

Margaret Renkl is the author of Late Migrations: A Natural History of Love and Loss. She is a contributing opinion writer for the New York Times, where her essays appear weekly. Her work has also appeared in Guernica, Literary Hub, Proximity, and River Teeth, among others. Graceland, At Last: Notes on Hope and Heartache from the American South offers a patchwork quilt of personal and reported essays,

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Dawnie Walton

The Final Revival of Opal & Nev is a fictional oral history about an interracial rock & roll duo on the early 1970s New York scene. The novel follows their rise, their fall, and the dark secret that comes to light when they consider reuniting for a tour.

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Grab and Go Crafts

KIDS:

November 1-6 Sugar skull coloring sheet AND a foam craft owl kit.

November 8-13 Pumpkin patch pudding.

November 15-20 Scratch-off gratitude leaves.

November 22-27 DIY edible Cornucopia.

November 29-December 4 Paper plate gnome.

TEENS:

November 20 Velvet poster art.

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World Culture Wednesday

Tweens and Teens can pick up a themed bag that includes a craft, info/book sheet, and snack to learn more about a country or culture! Theme: Greece. Available at the Maumelle Library while supplies last.

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Typing Workshops

Learn the basics of keyboard typing and practice your skills with fun games and lessons from Typing Club.

During class you will:

  • Set up a free account with Typing Club.
  • Complete typing practice lessons to learn the basics
  • Play interactive typing games to work on speed and accuracy.

Headphones required.

Join us in Computer Classroom A on the 3rd Floor of Main Library.

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Beyond the Idea – Startups and Their Stories: Kimberly Jordan and Kimmy’s Greetings

Have you ever thought about taking your creativity and channeling it into a business? That’s exactly what Kimberly Jordan of Kimmy’s Greetings did. Her natural inclination towards crafting beautiful things saw her creating beautiful one-of-a-kind cards that people loved and wanted more of. This led to her creating Kimmy’s Greetings, a customized greeting card experience that provides its customers with unique keepsakes that recipients treasure. Learn how she grew this unique business model into a success. *ReMix Business Academy Graduate

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Mother Goose on the Loose!

Join Kathy from the Maumelle Library for Story Time! Stories, songs, fingerplays, and puppets. Theme: Be Kind

Watch on Facebook: @cals.maumellelibrary

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Create Your Signature Workshop for Teens

Participants will practice writing each letter of the alphabet in cursive so that they can form a unique signature.

 

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CALS Writing Circle: NaNoWriMo Early Day Write-Ins

Do you want to write a novel in November? Come write with us! We will be writing quietly together, with breaks for writing sprints, prompts, additional support, and plenty of encouragement. Come and go as you please–eat as you need to! For more information, contact jjobe@cals.org.

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CALS Writing Circle: Sunday Late Day Write-Ins

Do you NaNoWriMo? Come write with us! We will be writing quietly together, with breaks for writing sprints, prompts, additional support, and plenty of encouragement. Come and go as you please–eat as you need to! For more information, contact jjobe@cals.org.

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Pre-K Grab & Go Bag

Kids can pick up a bag to make a Hedgehog craft!

Available at the Maumelle Library while supplies last.

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Finding Family Facts (November 8)

The Butler Center offers a beginner’s genealogy class the second Monday of every month, taught by Rhonda Stewart, the Butler Center’s local history and genealogy expert. Participants will learn how to use online databases and city directories, as well as how to archive family documents. Jump-start your genealogy research with this fun and creative way to learn about the past.

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Celebrate STEAM/STEM Day!

Tweens and Teens can pick up a STEAM/STEM craft for National STEM Day, 11/8/2021. Make stuff and learn something fun! Available at the Maumelle Library while supplies last.

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CALS Writing Circle: Memoir Writing Workshop

After you’ve written the first draft, what then? A good workshop group can help you figure out what about your draft needs improving, and the process of critiquing other writers helps you become a better writer yourself. Share your memoir-in-progress with other writers to give and receive encouragement, insight, and feedback in a safe and respectful environment. If this sounds like something you’ve been looking for, please join us. For more information, contact dmoore@cals.org.

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CALS Writing Circle: Memoir Writing for Seniors

Presented by CALS Writing Circle, this ongoing class meets once each week and takes attendees aged 55+ through the steps of writing their own life stories. You’ll be given tools and techniques to help you learn to write regularly and productively. Everyone is welcome; no writing experience is required. Free.

This is a virtual event. Contact dmoore@cals.org for more information.

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True Stories Book Club

This book club reads non-fiction books including true crime, biographies/memoirs, self-help, current events, social sciences/politics.

Occurs the 2rd Thursday of every month excluding holidays.
  • September – Winterdance by Gary Paulsen
  • October – The John McPhee Reader by John McPhee
  • November – The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros
  • December – The Library Book by Susan Orlean

This is now an in person program.  We will be meeting in the Nixon library meeting room.

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CALS Writing Circle: Craft of Memoir

Designed for writers who are ready to take the next steps in crafting their memoir. Advanced topics will include scene, structure, characterization, voice, and more.

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Homeschool Storytime

Join Miss Kathy for a virtual storytime! Enjoy stories and songs.

Theme: Eat your vegetables

Watch on Facebook: @cals.maumellelibrary

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Issues That Matter: Homelessness and Housing Uncertainty

The second installment of our panels on the status of housing in Arkansas. This forum will discuss some of the greatest barriers Arkansans face to securing stable, affordable housing and what resources exist to help those most in need of shelter in the Natural State.

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This event will be hosted virtually on the Zoom platform. Free registration is required. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

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CALS Writing Circle: Free Yourself to Write w/Abbey Porter

Learn how to combat perfectionism and keep it from getting in the way of your best writing.

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Kids Grab & Go Bag

Kids can pick up a bag to make their own soup to go along with the Homeschool Storytime from the previous week!

Available at the Maumelle Library while supplies last.

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Teen Thyme in the Kitchen: “My Favorite Thanksgiving Recipe”

Miss Stef demonstrates how to make her favorite Thanksgiving (or Friendsgiving) dish!

Watch on Facebook: @cals.maumellelibrary

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CALS Closed for Thanksgiving

All branches and buildings of the Central Arkansas Library System will be closed Thursday, November 25, Friday, November 26; and Sunday, November 28, in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday.  We will observe normal business hours of 9am-6pm on Saturday, November 27.

Regular hours will resume Monday, November 29.  Please call 918-3000 for further information.

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Glitter Paper Houses Grab & Go Bag

This month’s adult craft is making glitter paper houses. Available at the Maumelle Library while supplies last.
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Issues That Matter: Protecting Arkansas’s Waterways

Arkansas’s waterways are suffering from poor water quality, aging infrastructure and other concerns. This forum will address what needs to be done to protect these vital resources.

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This event will be hosted virtually on the Zoom platform. Free registration is required. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Pulaski County and KUAR.

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wellRED Comedy Tour at CALS Ron Robinson Theater

CALS Arkansas Sounds brings the wellRED Comedy Tour back (again!) to the CALS Ron Robinson Theater!

Trae Crowder (The Liberal Redneck), Corey Ryan Forrester (The Buttercream Dream), and Drew Morgan (The Ginger Ninjer) are stand-up comedy and writing partners. The trio has been touring nationally to sold out clubs and theatres for years pre-apocalypse and by god, they’re gonna do it again.

This year’s tour, wellRED: OUT THE HOUSE,

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wellRED Comedy Tour at CALS Ron Robinson Theater

CALS Arkansas Sounds brings the wellRED Comedy Tour back (again!) to the CALS Ron Robinson Theater!

Trae Crowder (The Liberal Redneck), Corey Ryan Forrester (The Buttercream Dream), and Drew Morgan (The Ginger Ninjer) are stand-up comedy and writing partners. The trio has been touring nationally to sold out clubs and theatres for years pre-apocalypse and by god, they’re gonna do it again.

This year’s tour, wellRED: OUT THE HOUSE,

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